Archive for July, 2009

Probiotics Supplements

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The probiotics S. salivarius and B. coagulans are two strains of beneficial bacteria that help maintain healthy gums and teeth. These work very similarily to the probiotics that target your digestive flora. What these probiotics do is populate in the oral cavity and help protect the mouth against harmful bacteria that exist in dental film buildup.

Usually the probiotics can achieve their goal if you take supplements/lozenges 1-2 times per day after brushing. If you do it right after brushing your teeth, this speeds up the production of the compounds that help inhibit bad bacteria in your mouth.

Also, research shows that S. salivarius and B. coagulans can help the immune system flora.  Taking supplements of S. salivarius orally helps reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines in the body.  Studies show that B. coagulans increases the white blood cells’ ability to find bacteria invaders, boosts the immunity system’s response to a bacterial attack, and improves the performance of the natural killer cells, another type of immune cell.

Clinical studies showed that 85% of subjects with halitosis (bad breath) who received the strain S. salivarius greatly improved their bacterial flora balance as compared to 30% in the placebo group.  Those with chronic bad breath definitely need to replenish the good probiotic bacteria in their system!

Source: Business Wire

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Cranberry Juice Helps Prevent Gum Disease

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

According to studies, cranberry juice helps prevent oral care issues, including gum and teeth diseases. A doctor from the University of Rochester examined the ability of cranberry juice to prevent Streptococcus mutans (great cause of tooth decay) bacteria from sticking to the teeth. This means that if bacteria cannot adhere, they cannot build up plaque on the teeth that can cause cavities and gum disease.

Research found that two daily doses of 25% cranberry juice can inhibit bacteria from binding and accumulating on an artificial tooth surface by 67-85%. Cranberry juice can also prevent urinary tract infections, ulcers, cardiovascular disease, various cancers, and stroke.

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Glenn Martin, DDS: Dental Adventure – Dentist Game

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Glenn Martin, DDS: Dental Adventure – Dentist Game from Shockwave.com

Check out this really cool interactive dental game that you can play online!   You also can learn a lot about dentistry while playing it.  It is a lot more fun than actually going to the dentist– you can take our word for it. 

Glenn Martin, DDS: Dental Adventure

Play Glenn Martin, DDS: Dental Adventure at Shockwave

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Natural Herbs That Help Get Rid of Bad Breath

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Try an alternative to mouthwash.  What natural herbs help freshen breath?  Try out parsley, basil or coriander.  These herbs contain chlorophyll, the green plant pigment, which serves as a strong breath freshener

Here are some others:

Anise:  This is a licorice-flavored herb whose seeds have been used for a long time to freshen breath.

Cardamom:  This contains cineole, which is a potent antiseptic that kills the bad breath-causing bacteria.  You can chew the seeds and spit them out. 

Dill:  also rich in chlorophyll.  You can chew the seeds, or make dill tea by adding mashed seeds or the leaves to boiling water.

Peppermint tea:  This is an antiseptic that gets rid of bad breath as well.

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The Link Between Cognitive Impairment and Dental Health

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

The National Institutes of Health have given a $1.3 million grant to a doctor to research how cognitive decline and dental health are linked together in elderly people.

Older adults commonly have poor oral health as well as cognitive decline, such as extreme cases like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  With more information on these health conditions, people can improve their oral and cognitive health.

In previous research, people found that there are links between gum disease, tooth loss and a decline in cognitive function and memory.  Thus far, it is not clear what the specific underlying factors of this link are.   If you do have gum disease, receding gums, bleeding gums, and so on, you should check out PerioTherapy to help solve your problem. 

Dentists have been recommended to inform patients with severe gum (periodontal) disease that there is a strong correlation between below par dental health and a higher risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.  These patients should be directed to see a doctor, since the proof of the relationship between overall health and dental health is increasing.

Source:  Brafton Inc.

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